Lauren Alston checks out Girls Rock NC

The Clarion Content has had a long and successful history of motivated and creative interns. Our newest addition to the team, Ms. Lauren Alston, is carrying the banner forward with verve and enthusiasm. She is a vivacious rising sophomore at Chapel Hill High School who’s curiosity and perseverance has enabled her to cross the distance, physical and social from to Durham to Chapel Hill before she is even old enough to drive. Check out her first piece for the Clarion Content about the semi-annual Carrack Community Show here.

Last month she caught the fabulous feminist philanthropists of Girls Rock NC at the Cat’s Cradle.

Girls Rock NC

by: Lauren Alston

On Saturday, July 19th, I attended an amazing musical event organized by Girls Rock NC.  As I walked into the Cat’s Cradle, I was immediately hit by the intense energy and excitement radiating from the girls. From brightly colored hair, to shredded jeans and t-shirts, these girls gave the word fierce a whole new meaning.  The space was packed with parents and other family and friends, who had turned out to support these girls. The enthusiasm of the crowd was unbelievable. It was truly inspiring to see every single one of the girls so passionate about their music, and so connected to the other girls they had met only a week ago.

Girls Rock NC is a major feminist movement that supports everyone and anyone that self-identifies as female. Their summer camps, located in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill/Carrboro, offer girls, ages 7-16, a fun and exhilarating experience with music.  Their main goal, aside from empowerment, is to create a safe environment that is inclusive to the LGBTQI community. Girls Rock NC (GRNC) works to accomplish this goal by focusing on creativity, confidence, and collaboration. “At the end of the week [with GRNC] I felt like I was a part of a family where I felt safe to speak my mind without feeling judged,” said one of the girls who had attended camp.

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The event was the Girls Rock NC’s Camp Showcase, where the girls were put into 16 bands of 5-6 girls. Each band performed one or two songs. The singing was great, but the music itself was phenomenal. These girls seriously knew how to play their instruments! Each band was unique and wrote their own songs, which provided a fun amount of surprise in each performance. The theme of the songs ranged from a crush at school to wanting to eat at a restaurant, and none of the bands performed more passionately than the other. It was evident that the girls not only had fun on stage, but had put their heart and soul into their performance.

This year’s concert was notably special, as it was the 10th anniversary of Girls Rock Camp. It was great seeing girls perform that had been there for six or seven years, first starting when they were only seven or eight years-old that are now fifteen! When Girls Rock NC camps first started there were about 29 girls, and this year they had over 225 participants in the six weeks of camp offered.  I can’t wait to see how Girls Rock NC grows over the years, and I’m excited to attend this event next year.

To learn more about Girls Rock NC, go to http://www.girlsrocknc.org.

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